I think I've written elsewhere that I too am obsessed with bags and one of my pastimes in the airport or train station is observing what people are carrying/lugging/pulling. I so desperately wanted a new suitcase for this trip I just finished but couldn't justify it. But my old Samsonite warhorse (the medium-sized one that I carry most of the time) is nearly 20 years old and HEAVY. Zippers are starting to have problem with shredding fabric (i guess in the zip itself??), the rubber coating on the interior of the outside pockets is starting to deteriorate, thus making things put there nasty (i've faced with plastic for a temporary fix), but mainly it's just that a bag of that size shouldn't weigh that much these days.
I have a couple of issues though, well actually three. I really do NOT want a spinner, and two-wheelers are getting harder and harder to find; I've always really loved having a suitcase with a couple of external pockets so you can get to some things without fully opening the bag (and all these lightweight shells these days, while light and durable, definitely don't allow for that); and I'm not in the States, where I feel like there are so many more options to find something decent for a good price.
I've looked at the Lipault and should have bought one when I saw it on sale about a year ago, but hesitated. Now they seem to be really eliminating two-wheelers in favor of spinners. Also, this is a bag that I often check, and the Lipault doesn't seem to me to be good for that.
I miss having a TJ Maxx or Marshalls to go for reconnaissance. I really want an Eagle Creek, but there aren't many sellers here. I guess I should just order one and have it sent to my parents, and get it next time I'm home. A fellow Forum member was kind enough to send me a notice of a sale . . .
My mom and I bought my dad a Briggs & Riley maybe 10-15 years ago, with which he's been very happy; my brother has one too. But since I very rarely travel for work, I just can't justify one for myself.